Our Time to Build
Please click here to see detailed floor plans and watch the video 'walk through' of the proposed changes.
- Congregation Task Force determines accessibility needs to be a priority (2012)
- Exploratory building committee formed (2014)
- Congregation approves committee recommendations for path forward (completed 6/13/2017)
- Concept Design & Initial estimate completed (4/2018)
- Feedback & Fundraising (now in process)
- Design update, new estimate, loan if needed (Fall 2018)
- Bids (TBD)
- Construction begins (TBD)
Fundraising Subcommittee Seeking Pledge Commitments by June 30
The Fundraising Subcommittee is asking church members this month to prayerfully consider making a 3-year pledge to support plans for a fully accessible church building and larger fellowship space. Members of the Fundraising Subcommittee are speaking at worship services during the month of June and are available after services to answer questions. More than $1.4M of this $2.9M project has been pledged but more is needed to make this project a reality. In order for the Design/Build Subcommittee to move forward, the Fundraising Subcommittee needs to know the total amount pledged by the end of June.
Congregation Provides Feedback to Design/Build Subcommittee
During and between worship services on April 29 and May 6, architect Doug Sacra of Maple Hill Architects presented designs for a fully accessible church building and larger fellowship space to the congregation. The Design/Build Subcommittee is now reviewing the feedback that arose out of those presentations and developing a plan for going forward.
The Fundraising Subcommittee is asking church members to prayerfully consider making a 3-year pledge to support this project. They will be sending a mailing and calling or visiting with church members to ask for their help. Prayerfully consider your participation. This is an opportunity to give back and ensure that more people can participate in worship. In order for the Design/Build Subcommittee to move forward, the Fundraising Subcommittee needs to know the total amount pledged by the end of June.
Building Committee Votes to Bring Designs Forward to Congregation
On April 6, the three subcommittees of FUMC's Building Committee, as well as other church leadership, met to review designs prepared by architect Doug Sacra of Maple Hill Architects. Those gathered approved the next step in the process, which is to bring the plans to the congregation for feedback.
At the meeting, Pastor John shared that people have not been able to attend events and services at our church because it is not accessible to people with disabilities. The proposed $2.9M design creates a larger, accessible fellowship space outside the sanctuary and brings the church up to code in terms of accessibility and fire protection.
Here are some highlights of the plan, which will be discussed following services on April 29 and May 6 (the designs will also be available for viewing in the church):
-much larger gathering space outside the sanctuary, with enough space for after-church functions and meetings
-a new serving kitchen on the first floor
-a new nursery on the second floor
-a new handicapped accessible entrance from the back parking lot that doesn’t require stairs or rely upon an unreliable lift
-a LULA (Limited Use Limited Application) elevator that goes to all levels of the church
-handicap accessible bathrooms on all floors
-ramps for access to the chancel and Webb Hall
The Finance Subcommittee has been in touch with the United Methodist Foundation of NE about possible solutions that might work for us. The Fundraising Committee has started receiving pledges and gifts, and those who give online can designate contributions on the church’s homepage, http://firstumchurch.com.
Check the building committee link on the church homepage for continued updates.
April 2018 update
Did you know this year is the 50th anniversary of our church building? Our congregation can trace its roots in Westborough back to 1799. Through the faith and dedication of our forebears, the buildings we worshiped in evolved to serve the needs of our growing and vital ministries.
April and May will be busy months for our Building Committees as we continue to work on design and fundraising to make our church fully handicapped accessible, bring to current code and create a modern lobby space.
In April & May, we will have several meetings for all to hear the plans and provide feedback.
March 2018 update
Design & Build Subcommittee Reviews Proposed Exterior and Interior Designs Interior Designs The Design & Build Subcommittee is reviewing both interior and exterior designs for the proposed lobby addition and elevator project. The Finance Subcommittee continues to collect gifts and pledges while keeping track of expected expenses. The
Fundraising Committee would like to thank the many people who have made pledges and gifts to the “Our Time to Build Campaign.”
February 2018 update
The Design & Build Subcommittee has completed the schematic design for the floor plan of the new addition and is now finalizing the design of the exterior elevations. Next it will be reviewing the necessary mechanical systems needed for the addition, as well as, the work of the civil engineer regarding the proposed topography. The Finance sub-committee continues to report on the status of gifts, pledges and expenses.
The Fundraising Subcommittee would like to thank church members who took advantage of the 2018 IRS tax changes and made pledges, gave shares of stock and donations of approximately $150,000 before the end of the year.
Click here to view the 2017 resolution.